Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Couture Collection

Givenchy Spring 2011 couture collection by Riccardo Tisci - model with beige dress and horned helmet

Thoroughly inspired by Japan, Riccardo Tisci’s Givency Spring 2011 couture collection is a bit like watching a techno samurai crash artistically into delicately carved marbled walls in an experimental dance production.  A bit unusual but hauntingly beautiful. The collection is after all a tribute to Kazuo Ohno, a prominent figure in the Japanese performance art of butoh, who was a kind of muse to Tisci.

Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture collection -  Asian inspired collection by Riccardo Tisci

It is restrained elegance from the front, and at the back, a Super Robot was let loose, painting unexpected splashes of neon, while maintaining a quiet structure.

Givenchy Japanese inspired Spring 2011 couture collection by Riccardo Tisci

What we love about this collection is that though the artistic essence of Japan is perfectly encapsulated into the details of the dresses, none of the design elements is literal – no obi sash, nor kimono sleeves in sight…

Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Couture collection - back view neon pink detail on dress

Well, almost. The models were wearing huge kabuto horned helmets by Philip Treacy, which looked like those you might see on a Supa Robotto anime show…

Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Couture collection - lavender dress and japanese kabuto inspired horned helmet

Doesn’t detract from the sublime beauty of the gowns, though.

Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection - back view of lavender dress and horned helmet

There are only ten pieces in this haute couture collection, each creation, with its hand-dyed, hand-cut sequins and other intricate detailing, taking thousands of hour to make, resulting in works of arts such as this:

Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture collection designed by Riccardo Tisci

A splash of orange at the back.

Givenchy S/S 2011 couture collection - designed by Riccardo Tisci, the collection heavily features Eastern Asian elements

More haute couture gowns from this collection after the jump. Click Read More to continue.

It is strange how the designs preserve a lot of the aesthetics from Givenchy Fall 2010 couture collection yet look so fresh just by the introduction of lighter, sheer fabrics, bright pops of color and eastern motifs like the Phoenix here.

Spring 2011 Givenchy Couture, Riccardo Tisci. Dress with neon green accents

A lot of contrast in action. Square shoulders, ethereal skirt and a striking pink detail at the back.

Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 2011 collection by  Riccardo Tisci

Organic elements in front and transformer robot-head like detail at the back.

Givenchy Couture Spring 2011 collection by Riccardo Tisci

Unadorned, translucent bodice makes way for a more complex design on the skirt.

Horned helmet and neon splashes of color, seen on Riccardo Tisci's Givenchy Spring 2011 couture collection

Structured, architectural vest paired with a soft, feathered skirt.

Givenchy Spring 2011 couture collection by Riccardo Tisci shown in paris

Lavender gown encrusted with green pearls, one of the more wedding gown-ish dresses of the lot.

Riccardo Tisci, eastern influenced Spring 2011 couture collection for Givenchy

The cast, consisting entirely of East Asian models:  Qin Shu Pei,  Ming Xi,  Tao Okamoto, Hye Park, Sun Fei Fei, Liu Wen, Jiang Xiao Yi, Ai Tominaga, So Young Kang, Du Juan.

Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture collection -  Featuring a cast consisting entirely of East Asian models, Qin Shu Pei,  Ming Xi,  Tao Okamoto, Hye Park, Sun Fei Fei, Liu Wen, Jiang Xiao Yi, Ai Tominaga, So Young Kang, Du Juan.

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COMMENTS
This is one collection I'm not quite sure about... the dresses are fantastic as art, but I don't think I'd wear them myself.

Ashita  at 2:13 am on January 27, 2011
They do look like art pieces, I agree. The dresses would be a head turner at formal functions for sure, even without the large hats.

Nina @ Wedding Inspirasi  at 10:26 am on January 27, 2011
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イネスリグロン-inesligron official website » TO STEPHANIE, SOON TO BE A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE  at 8:02 pm on March 22, 2011

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